engaged tone

Definition of engaged tone

chiefly British

  1. :  a sound that tells a caller on a telephone that the line is already in use <I keep getting the engaged tone.>

Word by Word Definitions

engagedplay
  1. :  involved in activity :  occupied, busy

    :  pledged to be married :  betrothed

    :  greatly interested :  committed

toneplay
  1. :  vocal or musical sound of a specific quality

    :  musical sound with respect to timbre and manner of expression

    :  a sound of definite pitch and vibration

  1. :  intone

    :  to give a particular intonation or inflection to

    :  to impart tone to :  strengthen


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